Category Archives: Community Project

Christmas Trees

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The Harper Creek Optimist Club is again offering fresh-cut Christmas trees to the general public for a donation. They are available at Lakeview Ford located on 295 West Dickman Road in Battle Creek. Optimist members are working the project and are present to assist week days 4 to 8 PM and weekends Noon to 5 PM. This is a win win service project for the community and our club. The trees are donated to our club by Lakeview Ford and the money we receive for them is channeled back into the community to support youth projects. If desired, an Optimist club member will trim, warp and load your selected tree. A typical contribution is anywhere from $5 to $50. If you want a great looking “real” Christmas tree and want to support the youth of our community – stop by and our club will be sure you obtain the best Christmas tree ever!

Pictured below and ready to assist with your tree selection is Optimist club member Brad Morris, who is the club chairperson for the project.2017-12-OptimistXmasTreesBart

 

Harper Creek Educational Foundation Donor Wall Presentation

On October 6th the Harper Creek Education Foundation unveiled their Donor Wall located at the Harper Creek High School Auditorium lounge. The Harper Creek Optimist Club provided funds for the production of the wall panel and was honored with a plaque on the display recognizing their donation. Speakers for the evening program were Rob Ridgeway, Harper Creek Schools Superintendent and Harper Creek Optimist Club member; Vikki Bauer, President of the Harper Creek Board of Education; Rachel Chapin Zapf, Battle Creek Community Foundation representative and Tina Kyger, President of the Harper Creek Educational Foundation. Beau Bess, a Trustee of the Harper Creek Educational Foundation, presented the Donor Wall to the audience. The vision of the HC Educational Foundation is to create a legacy of growth, opportunity and giving by distributing resources to the Harper Creek Community Schools for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education. For more information about the organization and details on how to become a donor please visit: www.HCeducationalfoundation.org.

Pictured below (L-R) with the honored Optimist recognition plaque are Harper Creek Optimist Club Vice-President Rob Ridgeway; HCOC President Dustin King and HCOC Vice-President Rich Peternel. 2016-10-optimistdonorwallrobdustinrich

The Harper Creek Optimist Club was well represented at the event and pictured in front of the Donor Wall are those in attendance. 2016-10-optimistdonorwallmembers

 

2016 Christmas Parade

For the 37th straight year the Harper Creek Optimist Club will be sponsoring and organizing the Battle Creek Christmas Parade on November 19th. The theme for this year’s parade is “The Bells of Christmas” and the festivities will start at 5:50 PM at the Parade Center Stage with a wedding ceremony for Grand Marshals of this year’s event: Phil J. O’Reilly and Jessie Schuemann! The parade also coincides with the start of the Battle Creek International Festival of Lights. With the assistance of numerous other club members, as in the past, Jim Demarest is again chairing the event.

For all information about the event and to officially register for the parade, please connect to the following link: http://battlecreekchristmasparade.webstarts.com/

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2015 Christmas Parade

For the 36th straight year the Harper Creek Optimist Club will be sponsoring and organizing the Battle Creek Christmas Parade on November 21st. The parade starts at 6:30 PM and tours through downtown Battle; it coincides with the start of the Battle Creek International Festival of Lights. With the assistance of numerous other club members, as in the past, Jim Demarest is again chairing the event. For all information about the event and to officially register for the parade, please connect to the following link: http://battlecreekchristmasparade.webstarts.com/

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Financial Community Support

The Harper Creek Optimist board of directors recently voted to support two local requests for financial support relative to community youth projects. They also voted to financially contribute to a local memorial fund.

Our club issued a check for $500 to financially support the Harper Creek High School sideline cheer program. The funds will be used to help the organization pay for tumbling classes at Branch Gymnastics. The goal of the lessons is to have the cheerleaders obtain more skills in a safe manner so they will become a better-rounded team.

A check for $500 was also issued to the Harper Creek Community Schools Educational Foundation, which is a non-profit organization affiliated through the Battle Creek Community Foundation. The foundation, which has been active for the past 21 years, houses endowed scholarships and grants for Harper Creek Community Schools’ students. The foundation’s Board of Directors is in the process of marketing the solicitation of donations and the creation of new funds to enhance their financial base so more scholarships can be issued. The club’s donation will help support the financial costs involved in printing brochures and hand-outs the organization will be marketing to the community.

The Board also voted to donate $500 to the Mara Wagner Memorial Fund. Mara, who was a Harper Creek Middle School student, died tragically this past summer. She was a grand-daughter of club past-president and long-time active member Dick Wagner. Money obtained in this fund will be used by the Harper Creek Schools to assist students who need financial support for varies school projects and supplies. This fund remains open for continued donations.

Christmas Trees 2014

The Harper Creek Optimist Club is again offering fresh-cut Christmas trees to the general public for a donation. They are available at Lakeview Ford located on 295 West Dickman Road in Battle Creek. Optimist members are working the project and are present to assist week days 4-8 PM and weekends 10 AM to 6 PM. This is a win win situation for the community and our club. The trees are donated to our club by Lakeview Ford and the donated money we receive for them is channeled back into the community to support youth projects. If you want a great looking “real” Christmas tree and want to support the youth of our community – stop by and our club will be sure you obtain the best Christmas tree ever!

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Christmas Parade 2014

Our club provided another successful Holiday Parade for the Battle Creek community on November 22nd. Special thanks to club member James Demarest for again chairing the event and to all the members who volunteered their time. Please click on the above Christmas Parade link for information and pictures relative to this year’s parade.